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Many Scandinavian artists are known for their dark, despairing aesthetics but Stig Dagerman may challenge that reputation. Celebrated for the humanity and hope that drove his work, the prolific Swedish novelist, poet, and journalist was one of Europe’s most acclaimed writers when he committed suicide in 1954. In honor of the upcoming publication of four of Dagerman’s works in English, the Writer’s Center, in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy, hosts “Word Power: The Writings of Stig Dagerman,” a discussion of Dagerman’s work with the players who brought it back to life. Read more >>> The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. Free. (301) 654-8664. writer.org. (Jordan Larson)
At long last, Bluejacket brewery and its accompanying restaurant The Arsenal are open. The Navy Yard brew hub debuts with 20 drafts and five casks produced by Beer Director Greg Engert and Head Brewer Megan Parisi. Look out for creative culinary-inspired concoctions like a dobblebock made with smoked malts and spices like cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne that was inspired by Red Apron Butcher’s half-smoke. A Scotch ale brewed with figs, cinnamon, and nutmeg is an ode to pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s foggy toffee pudding at Birch & Barley. Prefer your meal with wine? (Gasp!) The Arsenal has you covered there too. Bluejacket, 300 Tingey St. SE. (202) 524-4862, bluejacketdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Punch Brothers‘ Chris Thile performs Bach on the mandolin, as well as some contemporary bluegrass and rock favorites, at the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $26—$36.
The Washington Ballet begins performances of Giselle, the tragic ballet about a dancer who dies of a broken heart, at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25–$125.
R&B vocalist India.Arie presents a show she’s calling a “SongVersation” at the Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $71.50.
Classic punk band The Dickies plays the Black Cat mainstage. Local indie-rock/punk-pop act Dot Dash opens the show. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
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